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Closing Chapters – Opening Chapters

Closing chapters is always challenging for me, but at the same time it’s exciting to explore what is next.

I am now finishing my latest documentary “The Perfection of Giving”, and I am really looking forward to what new project am I going to take on next.

When I first started The Perfection of Giving this was going to be just a 15 minute piece, that would take a month or two to finish, and 3 years later I am finally rendering out a 70 minute film, with original music and the effort of tens of people.

Although, the chapter is not fully closed, because there is still the most important part: showing the film, I can’t help but start day dreaming about what it is that I should do next. What it is that will create the most impact in the world.

This will be the days when I start going through old notes and looking for the next great idea, the next thing that I will be willing to give two to three years of my life.

It is the creative cycle, sometimes painful, but always gratifying. It is the artist in me that can never hold still or quite. The creator mind that finds things in the world that need doing and solving and improving.

What the next creation will be I am yet to define, or discover, or be pushed into it.

I hope I can make it as personal as this last project. I hope I can make it so it touches many people and it allows room for growth and collaboration.

Closing Chapters. Opening Chapters.

 

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Specially for beginners, this short guided meditation is just 7 minutes long, and focuses on the breath and relaxing your body.

I hope if fills your day with wisdom and happiness, and helps you with anything you need it to help you with!

Would love to know your opinion about it. Did it work? Did you like it? was it too fast, to slow?

Please share with whomever you think could benefit from it!

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Today’s meditation at the Three Jewels was fantastic! I hope you enjoy it.

The AC was on, so there will be some noise in the background, but if you pay attention to your breath and the words, the noise should not be too much of a problem.

Would love to know what you think!

Have a weekend full of perfect moments.

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Every friday at 8 am, I guide meditation at The Three Jewels in New York. Since I started doing it, around 6 months ago, I have been guiding Tonglen meditation, a Tibetan Buddhist instruction, design to build compassion and empathy.

You will take in the suffering of someone you love, and destroy it with Wisdom. Then you will give them what they want the most for ultimate happiness.

Here is the recording of last friday, as I get ready to record the one tomorrow too.

The actual meditation starts at 3.31 and it goes until 32.05. The rest is instruction and conversation.

Would love to know what you think about it.

And if you are in NY, come by the Three Jewels any day at 8 am or at 12:30 pm for guided meditation.

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I have made most of my livelihood as a video editor for anything from 30 second TV spots to hour and half feature films. This is a beautiful animation showing what an editor really does.

Well done!

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Everything important is hard – Daily Lesson – Feb 2nd 2014

A while ago my girlfriend and I decided to move in together, and after a few conversations, she and her sister will be moving into my 2 bedroom apartment in four weeks.

I love the idea and I am looking forward to it.

But like anything important in life, at moments there will be a struggle. My first major moment of struggle came today.

We have both been in our places for many years and one accumulates tons of STUFF when one lives in a place for a long time. Fitting everything in the apartment would be impossible of course, so we need to give up some of it. In my case more than half of my stuff will probably be gone.

Honestly, I am more than happy to get rid of most of my stuff. But today I had a moment of anxiety when I felt that everything was gonna be gone.

Every important decision in life requires changes and sacrifices. If it doesn’t feel that way what You are doing is not important enough.

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We have a very dark past – Daily Lesson – Feb 1st 2014

Today I watch the film 12 Years a Slave. The movie is outstanding!

It’s a true story based on a memoir, written by Solomon Northup, a free black man in the early 1800’s from New York, who gets kidnaped and traded as a slave in the south.

It was graphic and at some points difficult to watch.

I’ve heard and read many stories about slavery before. But I am not sure if I have ever heard of a personal account so explicit and raw.

I am grateful to live in the society that I live in. We have some problems, true. We can do better, sure. But all in all, we live in a country where everyone is free to exist, to do what we want, to fail, to succeed, to just be average, on our own accord.

I learned today, that no matter how crappy it might feel sometimes, we come from a very dark and terrible past, and we should be grateful for what we have, and we should work together to keep making it better, by accepting our diversity and understanding our differences, always with respect, equality and justice, because we are really not that different from each other.

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Practice makes habits – Daily Lesson – Jan 31st 2014

The lesson of the day: if we stop doing something regularly, it will take a while pick it back up.

We know that intuitively, but it is very different to know something or to think we know something, than to actually go through it and truly learn it.

A little over a year ago I used to do yoga at least three times a week, my body was changing and the asanas that seem very difficult at first became easier as time went by. I was becoming a Yogi! Not really.

I stopped doing yoga for a while, and honestly, I don’t remember the exact reason why. This last week I decided to start going again. It will probably come back in no time. Right? Nop. Wrong.

Of course I did an easy class at first, and I did another easy class the second time. The second one was a little harder than I expected, and I have to say it kicked my ass. I am at the bottom of curve. Again.

As I reflected on this at the end of the class in the awesome quite time that one has in corpse pose, I realized that the same was true not just in yoga but in other things I had left on the side: when I stop meditating daily for a while I have a very hard time getting back to it; when I stop editing video for a while, the same is true; if I stop writing for a few days it is almost impossible to put ideas together in words.

So practice doesn’t necessarily make You a master but it certainly keeps You from feeling like a beginner.

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